Top 10 Craft Ideas for National Craft Month

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In honor of National Craft Month, we rounded up our blog’s top 10 craft ideas OF ALL TIME. There’s a project for everyone: indoor & outdoor enthusiasts, readers & non-readers, and Neat Nancys & Messy Marvins alike. Plus — as always — tons of smiles, giggles, and learning are sure to go along with all [...]

6 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day probably has you thinking of hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, yes? Well, we’ve rounded up 6 easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts that involve rainbows, coins, and even a color scavenger hunt! Enjoy! 1. Easy Rainbows For a quick way to have kids create their beautiful rainbows, [...]

Rainbow Rice Sensory Activity

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Sensory projects are the perfect activity to focus and calm children. In addition to creating sensory bins, an activity using a variety of materials that children can manipulate with their hands is also a fun after-school or weekend craft. This rainbow rice sensory activity is a quick and easy project, plus you can use the rice in a [...]

Spring Matching Printable

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Spring is (almost!) here! With so many fun holidays happening over the next few weeks, we thought you’d enjoy this free Spring Matching printable! First, download the sheet by clicking on the image sample below, or following this link. Next, ask your child to color the sheet however they would like! Then, ask your child [...]

Silly Activities and Treats to Help Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! Share special time with your child and celebrate the most famous scientist of all time with some easy treats and silly activities for kids that won’t wear out your brain. Begin your Albert Einstein-themed day with an age-appropriate book about familiar inventions and the original “nutty professor.” A few to try: Brown, [...]

Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt

Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

This blog post was written by our special guest blogger Adrienne (theiowafarmerswife). To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and rainbows in general), I created a Rainbow Beads Scavenger Hunt for my kids using Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads. Both of my kids, who are 3 and 17 months, had fun with this activity while working on [...]

New Shape Sorting Clock (and 4 Extension Activities)

Shape Sorting Clock

Earlier today on our Facebook page, we unveiled a new Shape Sorting Clock – available now on MelissaAndDoug.com! With bright new colors, a slim design, and lightweight pieces, the toy is a perfect tool to help preschoolers start to understand basic time-telling concepts. As with many of our products, we include extension activities in our packaging and on the [...]

5 Poolside Birthday Party Tips

Pool Party Tips

No time to clean the house, look up fancy recipes, or plan an elaborate birthday party for your little one? You’re not alone. Let go of your Pinterest guilt and throw together a simple pool party. Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party: 1. Let the children enjoy the water. The [...]

Top 20 Preschool Classroom Supplies

Classroom Supplies

At Melissa & Doug, we are always being asked: “What supplies do I need for homeschooling?” or “As a teacher, what preschool classroom supplies do I really need to stock-up on?” So, we asked our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) – who has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993 – [...]